Losing it and each other in Mount Cook
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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White Horse Hill
We got changed and decided to do one of the walks from the campsite, through the Hooker Valley to the Hooker glacier terminal lake. It was an easy walk in glorious sunshine with spectacular scenery all around we also kept hearing the ominous rumblings of avalanches in the distance. It took about 2 hours to reach the lake as we had taken so many photographs en route. The lake was a milky grey colour and was scattered with small icebergs, the glacier was strewn with rock debris but the views of Mount Cook along the way made it worth the walk. We sat for a while skimming stones on the water, well Andrew did I failed at this task just not being able to get the hang of it, my stones just sploshed in whereas Andrew was managing up to 12 jumps which brought him congratulating cheers (which he loved) from the excitable Japanese tourists that were sat near us but back to them later. As I took more photographs Andrew wandered off ahead (as usual) so when I had put away the camera he was nowhere to be seen so I guessed that he had either got the hump over something or just got tired of waiting and bogged off.
I carried on walking at quite a quick pace to try to catch him up, looking behind me all the time to see if he was messing around and following me covertly, but he never came in to sight which I thought was a bit odd but nevertheless the path undulated quite a bit so I guessed that he was still ahead and wanted a breather from me having spent the last two hundred and odd days solid together, what annoyed me though was that he had taken the water and I was really, really thirsty
Apparently he had been resting on a rock by the lake with his eyes closed after he’d walked off and I must have walked straight passed him. I did joke that he must have morphed in to the rock for me not to have seen him but he assures me that this is what happened and I hadn’t given him the water but left it at the side of the lake. Absolute shambles. Reunited we then drove to the Tasman Glacier, the largest glacier in New Zealand at 30 kilometres long, thousands of years ago it gouged out Lake Pukaki but now the lake at its foot is the fastest growing lake in the world as the glacier retreats
Andrew Edit - Rorie you were right this is a fantastic camp site with a great walk, gorgeous view of the sun setting on mount cook, we just sat drinking watching the regular avalanches whilst having our tea and wine.